It could be your hair’s natural texture and a lack of protective oils. Or it could be because you’ve been skipping essential glasses of water for a long time now.

Whatever the cause may be, the result is the same. Your once-gorgeous, luscious hair is losing its shine. What’s worse, it’s getting damaged, and it shows!

Something must be done about it! Here’s our guide to natural hair care to help you out:

Taking Care of Your Hair—A Guide on African-Texture Locks

- Know the Right Time to Rinse

Black hair doesn’t require daily washing.

However, if you go for a daily workout or swim, rinse your hair with water and then apply conditioner, so that your scalp stays clean and your hair stays moisturized. Chlorine, sweat, and saltwater can easily damage your hair, so it’s best to be safe than sorry.

- Learn about Protective Hairstyling

The great thing about African-American hair is that with a bit of effort, it can be fairly easy to twist your locks into a protective hairstyle.

Two-strand twists, flat twists, buns, cornrows, braids, French rolls, chignons—there are so many stylish options, and the best part is that they keep your hair from breaking and spilling and don’t allow it to dry up either.

- Give Your Hair Some Nightly Protection

There’s a reason why satin pillowcases are so popular in the hair care industry. Cotton fabrics can cause breakage, since the fabric sucks out the moisture from your locks.

Along with a satin pillowcase, opting for a satin cap to protect your protective hairstyle will help you maintain your look and will allow your hair to retain its moisture as well.

- Condition, Condition and Condition Again

If you’re worried about over-conditioning your hair, don’t be! African-American hair likes to stay conditioned at all times, so instead of just using the regular conditioner once every week, increase the dosage.

Deep condition at least twice a week! Cover your hair with a cap and relax for a few hours. As an added touch, wrap your hair in a towel so there’s extra heat.

Also, when you shower, use shampoo and your basic conditioner, then use a leave-in conditioner so your hair has the appropriate sustenance to quench its thirst.

- Use Less Heat

Using a basic blow dryer that’s not designed for kinky hair or any hot styling tools can do a number on the natural oils in your hair!

Whenever you need to use such tools, apply a quality heat protectant spray or product and use a hair dryer that’s specifically designed for African American hair so you’re taking care of your tresses from all angles, like the MC Hot-N-Happy Hair Tool. Especially designed for natural hair, this hair dryer with comb attachment dries your hair completely without causing dryness, tangles or breakages!

Go Forth and Conquer!

Damaged hair does not look good. But by taking the right steps and using the appropriate tools, you can easily bring life back to your beautiful, thick locks!